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Cold War 2.0

On Sara Alina

Are we on the brink of another Cold War and return to the USSR? Since taking office, Putin has spent the last decade reinventing Russia as the old superpower. He has begun to introduce the Soviet national anthem and famously stating the fall of the USSR the world’s largest geopolitical catastrophe, Putin has taken advantage of people’s emotional attachment to Soviet symbols in order to benefit his own corrupt and authoritarian agenda.

According to The Washington Post, “ President Obama on Thursday ordered sanctions against Ukrainian and Russian officials in connection with the crisis over Ukraine’s Crimea region, and he denounced Crimea’s move to join the Russian Federation as unconstitutional and a violation of international law”.

Obama has also asked for the support from Russia to help resolve the crisis by starting direct talks with Ukraine and agreeing to allow international monitors into Crimea, as well as the rest of Ukraine, to ensure that the rights of all Ukrainians, including ethnic Russians, are respected.

I can only hope that this situation can be resolved quickly with minimal causalities.

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37. New Shoes and a Dead Rat

On 365days 100words

The Chinese, on Bentinck Street, make great leather shoes (or they used to).

Bright, red letters on a canary yellow signboard. Inside, they’d have brown-skinned helpers who shadow you as you walk around the shop. Footwear hung on pins attached to white plywood boards. Behind the counter, an old Chinese man would sit, least bothered. He could be the owner or the son of the owner. Today, mother threw out a pair of leather heels. “They don’t make them like they used to.” She put the new shoes in a plastic bag along with a dead rat she found in the living room.

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